Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Michigan.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Michigan. Keep in mind that these agencies only offer institution-wide accreditation, not program-specific accreditation. For information on particular programs, see our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
Michigan’s Department of Education can answer questions about higher education in the state. In addition, these agencies can provide general information on applying to accredited schools and distance learning.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Michigan is home to public universities renowned for their research facilities and rigorous academic programs. Learn about a few of those schools below.
Michigan State University
The state’s largest school enrolled 48,783 students for the fall of 2013. Among the school’s offerings are one of the country’s largest study abroad programs, NCAA Division 1 athletics, and an active Greek system. Service learning opportunities include the annual Fill the Bus campaign, which encourages students to donate goods and food to the less fortunate. The U.S. Department of Energy has called on Michigan State’s impressive research faculty and facilities to design a $615 billion Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.
University of Michigan– Ann Arbor
Only slightly smaller than Michigan State, 43,426 students attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor during the 2013-2014 school year. Forbes ranks the school at No. 30 among nationwide universities. Economics, psychology, and political science rank among the most popular majors, and the freshmen retention rate is 96.3%, indicating student satisfaction. Notable alumni include Google co-founder Larry Page.
Michigan Technological University
Originally founded in 1885 as a school for mining engineers, Michigan Technological University now offers a full range of majors. Students experience a hands-on education at Michigan Tech, as many of them conduct one-on-one research with professors, as well as present their year’s work at the annual undergraduate expo.
There are an impressive number of recognized private schools in Michigan. Learn more about some of the best below.
Davenport University’s main hub in Grand Rapids enrolled 10,697 students for the fall of 2013, making it one of the largest private schools in the state. The school specializes in business, technology, and health, though it offers students a wide range of majors at both its main campus as well as on ten other campuses around the state. Flexible credit options include online courses and “credit for life experience” for older students and military members.
Despite it’s tongue-twister name, Kalamazoo provides a top-notch education to its 1,379 students. U.S. News ranked the school among the top 100 national liberal arts schools. Kalamazoo’s “K-Plan” for undergraduates combines an education in the liberal arts and sciences, a senior project requirement, and opportunities for internships and travel. One innovative aspect of life on campus is “Wind Down Wednesday,” a collection of activities meant to help students relieve stress mid-week.
Calvin College is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church and aims to prepare students to be both critical thinkers and service leaders in their communities. Though Calvin offers a number of strong undergraduate programs, its Speech Pathology and Audiology Program is a standout, giving students a five-year path to a master’s degree. In addition, the school is known for its student events and activities. In fact, Calvin College’s annual Festival of Faith and Music regularly sells out at more than 1,000 attendees.